Former Ukrainian president leaves behind Russian car collection

Just a couple days ago, the world media and some bewildered journalists got a glimpse of now-departed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's villa on the Dnieper river, called Mezhyhirya. The sprawling and not-particularly-tasteful residence rests on a 345-acre lot of real estate (a little over half the size of… » 2/24/14 2:52pm 2/24/14 2:52pm

The Last Oldschool Airliner's Production Is Over

It's the end of the line for the Tupolev Tu-154. This triple-engined medium-range narrow-body airliner was the workhorse of the Soviet Union, but managed to stay afloat long after the fall of communism. While noise regulations banned it from Western Europe quite a while ago, experts say that Tu-154s will serve the… » 2/20/13 3:09pm 2/20/13 3:09pm

Russian Field Contains Interesting Selection of Soviet Oddities

What's not to love about a field full of vehicles in various states of decomposition? This sentiment is perhaps even more true when the assortment of family sedans and commercial vehicles are of Russian origin—at least that is what it seems like after looking at these pictures. » 4/22/12 2:00pm 4/22/12 2:00pm

Intoxicated Russian innovator comes up with new use for windshield…

There was a time when windshield wipers were just safety devices used to keep your windshield clear of weather and debris. That time is over. As this Russian genius demonstrates, once you are stuck in the mud windshield wipers can be used for a completely different and arguably more important task—holding your booze.
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Sacha Baron Cohen will drive an all-gold armored truck in "The Dictator"

Only one thing could bring together Pamela Anderson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Saddam Hussein, and whale penis leather: Russian carmaker Dartz, who will provide a golden armored car for the filming of the fantasy Saddam Hussein biopic "The Dictator." » 6/27/11 2:00pm 6/27/11 2:00pm

James May Takes An Ekranoplan For A Spin

Moonlighting in this clip for his Big Ideas » 9/29/08 12:30pm 9/29/08 12:30pm program, presenter got behind the wheel of a Soviet-era . Piloting the small example of our favorite non-wheeled mode of transportation over a frozen body of water, Captain Slow stayed true-to-form, only bringing the ekranoplan up to not-quite-flying speed. Of course, the…

Vityaz Transporter, The Final Word In Post-Apocalyptic Transport

Let's say you need to drive through the remnants of a thermonuclear apocalypse — you know, dystopian nightmare type of stuff. Sure, you could hop into a GAZ 59037A, or any of the others included in our top ten list of the best post-apocalyptic survival vehicles, but would it really be able to pull out an errant tank… » 4/21/08 11:20am 4/21/08 11:20am

Volga Display Of Prana: Russian Automaker GAZ Seeks Partners In India

Apparently this has been out there for a while, but before we discussed the news that Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod, manufacturers of the Volga line of hulking vehicular tragicomic props, was looking for partners on the Indian subcontinent, we needed to find press releases with the right sort of Moose-Und-Sqvirrel feel. » 4/07/08 10:00am 4/07/08 10:00am